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Google Now Factors Site Security Into Search Rankings

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There really isn’t such a thing as being too secure online, and Google is trying something new to get more website owners thinking about keeping their users’ information safe. After a few months of experimentation, the search giant now considers how secure a site is when it decides how prominently it gets placed in search results. It’ll be neat to see just how Google’s push for security ultimately influences what our search results look like, but don’t expect a seismic shift just yet. According to a post on Google’s Online Security blog, the security factor won’t be the biggest decider of how well a site ranks in your search results — it only comes into play for 1% of all search queries right now. Still, the team readily admits that could change down the line — they just might up its importance to “encourage” webmasters to adopt HTTPS security for their sites.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.